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Children's Ministry

...but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” - Matthew 19:14

Weekday Kids at First, Inc.

We offer quality childcare for families who live or work in the Richardson area.

  • All-Day Care
    Child Development Center

    Ages: 6 weeks - 5 years/Pre-K
    Mon-Fri, 7 am - 6 pm, year-round

    The Child Development Center opened its doors for an all-day children’s program in August 1990. Licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, we are routinely inspected by the state licensing offices, fire and health departments.

    Monthly Chapel

    Weekday Kids provides a nondenominational chapel service for children two years of age and older. This includes singing, a story, and prayer.  FUMCR's Director of Children’s Ministry conducts this monthly service. Prayer before each meal is lead in the classrooms.

    Meals

    Children receive morning and afternoon snacks, and a nutritious, well balanced lunch each day. All meals are served family style in the classroom. We encourage manners and self –help skills. The Child Development Center does not serve any food containing nuts, peanut butter or pork.

    Child-to-Staff Ratios and Weekly Fees

    Infants - 10:3, $225
    Young Toddlers - 10:2, $200
    Older Toddlers & 2-Year-Olds - 10:2, $195
    Preschool (3-, 4- & 5-year-olds - 20:2, $175

    Optional Programs (additional cost)

    TOTs (basketball)
    Dance (Ballet)
    Martial Arts
    Computer
    Soccer
    Spanish

  • Mothers Day Out
    Mothers Day Out

    Ages: 3 mos. - 2 years as of Sep 1
    Hours: 9 am - 2 pm
    Program Days: Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri (choose 1 or more)
    Tuesday after Labor Day - 3rd week of May, following RISD days off

    The Mother's Day Out program is a Christian-oriented childcare program designed to be of service to the community. Your child can enjoy having fun with other children his/her age in a loving, nurturing and safe environment.

  • Preschool
    Preschool

    Ages: 2 1/2 - 4 years/Pre-K as of Sep 1
    Hours: 8:45-11:45 am, optional 12-2 pm extended day
    Program Days: M/W, T/Th, M/W/F, M-F 
    Tuesday after Labor Day - 3rd week of May, following RISD days off

    Our preschool is a Christian-oriented half-day developmental preschool program for children 2 1/2 years old through pre-kindergarten and follows the Richardson Independent School District calendar beginning the week of Labor Day and closing the third week of May. Classes are limited in size and divided according to birth dates.

    Body Rhythmics

    Body Rhythmics is a developmental program designed to develop gross motor skills within the child. It helps with neuromuscular balance and coordination, which are essential elements for reading, writing, spelling and number readiness. Children spend 20 minutes each day developing the total child through their own learned body controlled movements.

    Chapel

    Preschool classes attend chapel once a month in which a minister or Children's Ministry director leads the children in a short Christian lesson.

    Field Trips

    Field trips are an important part of early childhood learning experiences. They are planned by the individual classrooms. Transportation is provided by church vans or children riding with their own parents. 

    Extended Day

    This program, 11:45 am - 2 pm each day, is offered to children involved in the Preschool and Kindergarten programs. Children bring their lunches and participate in a more relaxed classroom atmosphere for this period.

    Parent Involvement

    Parents are welcome to visit classes. They are asked to provide snacks, assist with parties, and are encouraged to share their talents and hobbies. Parent/teacher conferences are held at least once a year. At least two evening family events are planned during the school year.

  • Kindergarten
    Kindergarten

    Age: 5 years as of Sep 1
    Hours: 8:45-11:45 am, optional 12-2 pm extended day
    Program Days: Mon-Fri
    Tuesday after Labor Day - 3rd week of May, following RISD days off

    Kindergarten classes include a developmentally appropriate curriculum consisting of language arts, reading, math and science prepares the children for their future years in the elementary grades. Our kindergarten class is taught by a former RISD kindergarten teacher.

    The program follows the Richardson Independent School District calendar beginning the week of Labor Day and closing the third week of May. Classes meet Monday - Friday from 8:45 - 11:45 am, with an optional Extended Day (see Preschool tab).


Children's Ministry Staff

Cheryl Bishop
Director, Children's Ministry; Liaison to Moms' Groups
972.996.0121
Laura Evans
Assistant Director, Children's Ministry
972.996.0129
Allison Blalock
Director, Weekday Kids at First
972.996.0125
Monica Fabila
Assistant Director, Weekday Kids at First
972.996.0122
Judy Grope
Business Associate, Weekdays Kids at First
972.996.0128
Valerie Cubbage
Administrative Assistant, Children's Ministry, Moms' Groups
972.996.0120
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